MGU Expands U3A to Rural Areas Following a Swift Success

Mahatma Gandhi University, a pioneer in promoting elderly-friendly activities through the University of the Third Age (U3A) movement, is now extending its successful model to rural areas. In collaboration with the Elikkulam Gram Panchayat, which recently received recognition as the State’s best neighbourhood organisation for the elderly, MGU is embarking on a pilot project to empower senior citizens through the U3A programme.

Commencing in March of this year, the U3A programme at MG University has established units in all 14 districts of the state, with a membership exceeding 200 individuals. Each unit is led by a facilitator from a different region of the state, and regular unit-level meetings will be conducted to discuss the project’s progress.
To ensure efficient operation and coordination, a two-tier system will be instituted at the district and zonal levels. The formation of these U3A units is being facilitated by the dedicated members of the ‘Butterfly Foundation for Social Metamorphosis,’ a volunteer movement. The methodology employed in these units is rooted in the growth psychology theory known as Theme Centred Interaction.
The Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) C.T. Aravindakumar, envisions this initiative as a catalyst for social change. By introducing the U3A programme to villages, it aims to create more intergenerational interactions and provide additional opportunities for seniors. The programme aspires to foster a more inclusive and empowered environment for senior citizens in rural communities.
This endeavour exemplifies MG University’s commitment to the well-being and social inclusion of senior citizens, reinforcing its position as a trailblazer in elderly care and community engagement.